□ The Ministry of Education (Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Sang-kon KIM) together with the National Institute for International Education (President Kidong SONG) organized the “Closing Ceremony for the 2017 ASEAN countries’ SCIence and ENgineering Students” at the A & D Hall in the Global Campus of Kyung Hee University.
□ The training program has been carried out since 2015 for outstanding ASEAN university students who are majoring in the fields of science and engineering. It has provided them with an opportunity to explore Korea's prestigious science and engineering field and thereby attracting foreign students to Korea and helping them to cultivate global talent.
- The training program was held for 5 weeks (7.10~8.11), and specific activities included science and engineering lectures, laboratory experiments, research projects, research institution visits, cultural trips, and so forth.
- In particular, this year's training program received high interest from ASEAN university students, in which 1 out of 3.2 applicants was carefully selected, and students from all 10 countries in the ASEAN region* participated in the training.
* Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand, Philippines
□ The training program not only provided students with opportunities to take relevant classes, but also to conduct research projects in one of the most high-tech laboratories in Korea.
- While the participating students selected research topics that could be at the forefront of the fourth industrial revolution, they were highly satisfied with the science and engineering lectures provided by professors at the training institutions as well as attentive guidance from graduate students.
- At the Ceremony, all students gathered together to share their experience and accomplishment, which included presenting the result of the training program and research projects.
□ Thaveesack Ghotthongbay from Laos said, “All classes and lectures were phenomenal, and I gained novel knowledge through this experience. I was part of the welding science engineering research team and I came to new thoughts about my future.”
□ Kidong SONG, President of the National Institute for International Education, expressed, “I believe this year’s training program would contribute to bringing more outstanding foreign students to Korea and cultivating researchers.” He also asked for continued support of the training institutions, so that more outstanding students have the opportunity to learn in Korea.
□ Yeonghan CHOI, Director-General of the Ministry of Education, also shared the Ministry’s plan to expand the training program to Africa, Central and South America, as well as CIS countries in the near future, on the basis of the accomplishment and experience Korea has accumulated in the past two years.